EHS girls turn back Volunteer

from staff reports


   Elizabethton's Lady Cyclones opened their softball season on Tuesday and did so in dramatic fashion.
   Letting a six-run lead slip through its fingers in the top of the seventh inning, Elizabethton retaliated in the bottom half of the frame to capture a 10-9 victory over Volunteer on the 'Betsy diamond.
   Volunteer tied the game at 9-all with six runs in the seventh, but the Lady Cyclones came back to load the bases with two outs for Brittany Hilton. Facing a 3-2 count, Hilton beat out a grounder to the shortstop, enabling Sarah Smith to come across for the winning run.
   "The girls fought to win," said EHS assistant coach Melissa McClain. "They really wanted it, and that's what showed.
   "We ran hit the ball real well against their pitching and ran the bases real well."
   Trailing 1-0 early on, the Lady Cyclones scored four runs in both the second and third innings before notching a single run in the fourth.
   The Lady Falcons had two tallies in the third after scoring in the second.
   Leading an 11-hit 'Betsy attack was Abbie Jenkins, who batted 2-for-2 with two runs. Solid offensive performances also came from Kristie Keys (1-for-1, 3 walks, two stolen bases, 1 RBI), Katie Hubbard (2-for-3, 2 runs, 1 stolen base) and Hilton (2-for-4, 1 run, 1 stolen base).
   Keys went the distance and overcame four EHS errors to pick up the win on the mound. She struck out seven batters.
   Top hitters for Volunteer were McPeek at 2-for-3 and Marshall and Mabe at 2-for-4 apiece.